For nearly two decades the architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi has practiced outside the traditional boundaries of architecture. Their work with complex sites and programs benefits from an interdisciplinary approach and a dynamic integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design. Surface/Subsurface presents nine major projects that have been completed since their first mograph Site Specific, published in 2000. Their design processexemplary of the best contemporary architectural practicesreveals potential in subsurface conditions with the goal of generating an entirely new language for the surface. Projects include the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, which wanders over a highway and train lines; the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, New York, which manipulates the movement of water, cars, and visitors; and the Smith College Campus Center in Northampton, Massachusetts, whichtransforms the brick campus into a lumius terracotta surface. Each project is fully documented through project photographs, drawings, details, and texts.
Weiss/Manfredi is a New York City-based multidisciplinary design practice founded in 1989 by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. In 2004 the firm was awarded an Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.